Started Foundation Art and Design Course at Wakefield School of Arts and Technology in 1978 .
BA Fine Art / Sculpture Winchester School of Art 1979 – 1981
Nurse Training State Registered Nurse 1983
State Registered Midwife 1986
diploma in midwifery ,
advanced life support practitioner
Supervisor of Midwives
Royal College of Midwives Accredited Union Steward 1988 – 2000
Midwifery Manager , Matron ,
Lindo Wing,Paddington 2001 -2005
MA management Certificate in Marketing South Bank University
2010- 2013 Elected Governor Guys St Thomas Trust
2005 – 2014 Guys St Thomas Trust
Advanced Midwifery Practitioner / Labour ward coordinator
2009 Turned Professional as an artist alongside midwifery career
2010- 2011 First Exhibition Malvern Theatres Worcestershire www.artgallery.co.uk
2011 Spire Watch Heritage Charity Exhibition
2012 – 2013 Spire Watch Heritage
2014 Brompton Road Gallery Solo Exhibition
2010 – present Solo Market Trader
Member Market Traders Association NMTF
Walton on Thames First Saturday of every Month
Winchester Art and Design Market Third Sunday of the month
Fleet Market , Hampshire
Flittons Craft Market Carlshalton
My Artistic Approach
My style varies depending on what inspires me but I tend to drift towards impressionism being influenced by Monet for my floral work particularly waterlilies . I love the classical seascapes of Turner and tend to give them a contemporary twist . I also like to experiment with abstract styles, mixed media and different techniques . I love palette knife painting and I am known for my signature textures . I also love painting venetian scenes and never tire of the subject matter capturing something different each time . I have sold probably thousands of paintings in my lifetime . Many are in collections in the UK but also in Australia,USA,Canada, Switzerland,Dubai,Spain,Belgium,Denmark and South Africa
Published Reviews artfinder.com
SB UK – Great Painting,it lights up the room Sicilian Lemons
RP UK – As expected a beautiful painting
MP UK – Fast Delivery and the artwork is beyond our expectations 11/10 !!!
EM USA Lesley is a very talented artist . The painting arrived quickly for an overeas shipment and is more lovely in person than I could have imagined .
KS USA – Not only I am absolutely delighted with the painting,the artist took the lead and made sure the painting made it through customs, tracking all the way to the delivery date .
CD – UK – arrived on schedule ,well packaged, I just love it .
PB Ireland – Picture arrived promptly and was carefully packaged . It is very beautiful … I have framed it and hung it on a wall so it is in my line of vision every time I sit down to relax . I ‘m looking forward to many years of enjoyment . I would buy again . Many Thanks
TB – United Arab Emirates
The painting arrived superfast and well packaged and the painting looks so good , Thank you
Art Finder User South Africa – Everything was wonderful and the painting look so good , Thank you
Lesley Blackburn originally set up onlinartgallery in 2019 with 6 artists to try and help both established artists who are struggling to earn a living and to showcase emerging talent and encourage lesser known artists to establish themselves in the marketplace . The gallery has grown a great deal now both in terms of the number of artists we have both internationally and within the UK . Lesley has a very hands on approach supporting and nurturing individuals . We are always looking for something different to offer the customer and believe in good customer service . The new site of onlinartgallery is being launched in October 2021 and promises to deliver to both customers and artists . We hope we are providing something different to the art market with our personal approach . Our Gallery is well supported by our wonderful marketing team at SQ Digital , Lancaster